The office in Ethiopia will enable the Harvard Chan School to further develop and test strategies to improve the delivery, outcomes, and sustainability of the country’s primary health care.

Achieving Excellence in Primary Health Care

Sarah Hurlburt and the data collection team in Ethiopia
Sarah Hurlburt (left), assistant director for implementation, and the data collection team

Building off of two previous Harvard Chan School projects in Ethiopia, the “Fenot Project: Achieving Excellence in Primary Health Care” aims to strengthen the primary care system through increased use of evidence and data for decision making, improved health financing, and innovative reforms to the health system.

By partnering with the Ministry of Health and involving health policymakers, primary health care units, NGOs, and professional medical and teaching associations, the Fenot project team in Ethiopia seeks to institutionalize best practices, develop feedback loops, and implement changes in ways that achieve maximum sustainability and scale.

Peter Berman, professor of the practice of global health systems and economics in the Department of Global Health and Population (GHP), leads the Fenot project with support from staff in Ethiopia and in Boston. The office in Addis Ababa will provide the Fenot project staff, partners, and contributors with an operational base to carry out their activities.

With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Fenot project has set out to:

  • Review and analyze other countries’ primary health care policy and program strategies
  • Provide opportunities for cross-country exchange with individuals from lower and middle-upper income countries with exemplary primary health care systems
  • Create a primary health care solutions challenge fund to encourage local institutions to design innovative tools and systems
  • Establish an electronic data repository to aid in the collection, accessibility, and analysis of health information at the federal, regional, and institutional level
  • Organize training events for faculty and research staff at selected Ethiopian institutions
  • Empower federal and regional financing units to improve their budgeting and efficient use of funds by helping them to identify needs and bottlenecks, apply economic tools, and channel resources where needed
  • Increase access to quality primary health care services for socially and economically disadvantaged citizens, particularly women, children, and those living in extreme poverty

Harvard Global Services in Ethiopia

This project will operate through an agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We're pursuing a registration as a foreign charitable organization, which will enable us to support a variety of activities and services across Ethiopia.

For Harvard Chan School, we provide our standard suite of services for office administration and employment. We've also assisted with numerous establishment attempts based on the project's activities, from registering a local presence to negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Health.